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The Linton girls' basketball team has spent the majority of the past two months scratching their heads -- and for good reason. The team has been sticking it to the opposition all season long, outscoring opponents on the average of 70.2 points to 32.6 points per night, and has quietly amassed an overall record of 11-1. Linton's only glitch to this point was a 6-point road loss to the defending Region 7 champions and No. 3-ranked Hazen Bison (11-1) back on Dec.
The Bismarck Demons were simply too overpowering for the Blue Jay boys' hockey team at Bismarck's VFW Sports Center on Tuesday night. The majority of the game was played on Jamestown's side of center ice. Bismarck outshot the Blue Jays 31-7 in the contest, handing the Jays their seventh West Region loss of the season, 3-1. "We hung in there and played well on the defensive end by keeping the puck to the outside," JHS coach Matt Stockert said.
The pieces to the puzzle had been there since the beginning of the season, and the Central Prairie Firebirds found the proper place for each one of them on Saturday night. For a second straight year, the Firebirds knocked off a state-ranked and undefeated Carrington Cardinal team to capture the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament championship 56-43 inside the Jamestown Civic Center. Nic Moser and Aaron Moser shined offensively for the Firebirds.
The Ellendale Cardinals used a balanced scoring attack to get past Edgeley-Kulm 61-54 in the consolation championship of the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament this afternoon at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Cards were led by Ty Bommersbach with 18 points, while Nolan Hamar and Tanner White each finished the game with a double double. Hamar posted 11 points and 11 rebounds, as White tossed in 16 points and grabbed 10 boards.
A third time wasn't the charm for Carrington in 2009, but the Cardinals will get a fourth crack at the Stutsman County boys' tournament title today at 6:30 p.m. inside the Jamestown Civic Center. To make the pot even more sweet, Carrington has also earned the opportunity to avenge last year's championship loss against the defending champion Central Prairie Firebirds. The No. 5-ranked Cards flashed their versatility against the LaMoure Loboes during Friday's semifinals.
The championship game of the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament has been set. The defending champion Central Prairie Firebirds defeated Kidder County 53-37 during tonight's semifinals at the Civic Center, setting up a rematch of last year's championship against the Carrington Cardinals. Kidder County was playing without all-state senior Adam Randall against the Firebirds.
A total of 16 points from Justin Rott and 11 more from Alex Knudson helped Edgeley-Kulm get past Midkota in consolation play of the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament this evening. Both teams got off to a slow start, as the E-K Rebels edged out an 18-13 lead after two periods were in the books. Rott hit a pair of treys in the second half and scored 12 of his 16 to help the Rebels put it away. Midkota was led by Logan Harding with 19 poings and Tanner Overby with 12. Next on the court, Carrington will do battle with LaMoure in the first of two semifinal games.
The Ellendale Cardinals defeated Pingree-Buchanan-Kensal 81-44 in the first of two consolation games of the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament being held this afternoon at the Jamestown Civic Center. Ellendale took a 34-19 lead into the half behind 16 of Nolan Hamar's game-high 26 points. Ty Bommersbach finished the game with 10 points for Ellendale, while Tanner White tossed in nine. The Rebels were led by Scott Bennett with 20 points and Nicholas Blaskowski with 13. Ellendale outrebounded the Rebels 45-19, and grabbed 12 more offensive boards (17-5) in the contest.
The No. 5-ranked Carrington Cardinals and the No. 9-ranked Kidder County Pirates made it through the opening round of the Stutsman County boys' basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center on Thursday. Devin Barton's 21 points and Jackson Unruh's 15 fueled the No. 1-seed Cardinals past Pingree-Buchan-Kensal 86-31, while 20 first-half points by Kidder County's Wes Nicholson spurred the No. 2-seeded Pirates by Midkota 72-44. Central Prairie, the tourney's defending champs, held off a 32-point night by Edgeley-Kulm's Alex Knudson to outlast the Rebels 63-56.
Behind 27 points from Brock Knodel and 17 more from Nic Moser, the Central Prairie Firebirds outlasted the Edgeley-Kulm Rebels 63-56 in the final quarterfinal game of the Stutsman County Tournament this evening at the Civic Center. Central Prairie trailed by two points (42-40) entering the third period, but three steals by Moser turned into six points for the Firebirds that helped the Firebirds forge out a five-point (50-45) lead with under five minutes to play. Central Prairie hung on from there, despite a 32-point night from E-K's Alex Knudson.